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Rochdale University - sounds good, doesn't it?

As a former school teacher, I am obviously a firm believer in education as an excellent way of improving job prospects and with it quality of life.

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We need your co-operation please

As the Greater Manchester lead for the voluntary, community and co-operative sector, I am committed to driving forward co-operative growth across the city region.

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This leaves a sour taste in my mouth!!

I was reading some horrifying statistics recently which are directly linked to drinking fizzy drinks. I had a vague awareness they were bad for you without actually understanding just how bad.

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Where Rochdale leads....

Along with my Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) colleagues I wrote to local government minister James Brokenshire MP last week appealing for common-sense when it comes to divvying up how much grant money local authorities can expect.

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It’s time we changed!!

I know like many people across the borough it saddens me to see people forced to sleep rough on our streets.

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Lot to look forward to in exciting year of change across the borough

As I reflect on the past year – my first during my second stint as leader of the council - I do so with a sense of pride about what we have delivered for residents across our communities over the last 12 months.

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Doing our part – the clean way

The health and well-being of us all has been one of my top priorities and something that I’ve been harping on about since I took office.

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Year of achievement and more to follow as 2020 vision takes shape

As I reflect on my first anniversary as leader of the council, I do so with a sense of pride about our achievements over the last 12 months.

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Social care needs long-term funding solution

Over the last few months Rochdale has been at the forefront of the campaign to ensure adult social care is properly funded by the government.

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Lots of meetings – lots of progress

Read about what I’ve been up to recently and how our borough is playing a role in Greater Manchester.

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Let’s keep the tram crackdown on track!!

Passengers feeling unsafe is something operators should continually be striving to stamp out.

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The future's bright

I recently had the pleasure of meeting some of the 130 apprentices who have started working with the council during the past 12 months.

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Strong and stable

10 years of austerity. That’s the shocking realisation councils such as ours have had to face up to.

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Step by step

Taking things step by step are wise words. But now they have taken on a more literal meaning with the launch of my latest campaign to get our staff out of the lifts and walking up the stairs.

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Safer gambling rules are best bet for Rochdale

I was really pleased when I turned on the news last week and saw that the hard work that has been put in to reduce the impact of gambling machines has finally come to fruition.

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Council staff are 'snow' good I had to say thanks

​I’ve just had my first holiday since taking over the leadership of the council back in December, it was much-needed. I’ve grown to appreciate is just how hard-working staff are at the council.

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Take a flight of fancy!!

Regular readers of my blog will know how strongly I feel about regular exercise and the importance it plays in both mental as well as physical health. In fact my very first blog talked about my daily visits to the gym to stay in shape.

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Plastic's not fantastic

​I’VE been the new council leader for a couple of months now, but it didn’t take me long to begin noticing some big changes since the last time I held the position. One issue that’s taken off since last time is the impact we’re having on the planet.

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Why you need to get on your bike!!

I fully understand and appreciate the important role daily exercise plays in our wellbeing; mental as well as physical. I was prompted to blog about the issue after a recent report found its way onto my desk.

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Welcome to my blog

Read about what's happening at the council and how we're working hard to make the borough better for everyone.​

Councillor Allen Brett.

Councillor Allen Brett, Leader of the council and councillor for Milkstone and Deeplish.